Present Pres"ent, a. [F. pr['e]sent, L. praesens,-entis, that is before one, in sight or at hand, p. p. of praeesse to be before; prae before + esse to be. See {Essence}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Being at hand, within reach or call, within certain contemplated limits; -- opposed to absent. [1913 Webster]

These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. --John xiv. 25. [1913 Webster]

2. Now existing, or in process; begun but not ended; now in view, or under consideration; being at this time; not past or future; as, the present session of Congress; the present state of affairs; the present instance. [1913 Webster]

I'll bring thee to the present business --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Not delayed; immediate; instant; coincident. ``A present recompense.'' ``A present pardon.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

An ambassador . . . desires a present audience. --Massinger. [1913 Webster]

4. Ready; quick in emergency; as a present wit. [R.] [1913 Webster]

5. Favorably attentive; propitious. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]

To find a god so present to my prayer. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{Present tense} (Gram.), the tense or form of a verb which expresses action or being in the present time; as, I am writing, I write, or I do write. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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